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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 15, 1994

The President today announced his intent to nominate Susan Ness as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

"As a former communications lender, Susan Ness brings to the FCC valuable perspective. Her extensive experience covers many communications industry sectors including telecommunications, radio, television, cable television, programming and publishing," the President said. "She will be an excellent addition to this important Commission."

A communications attorney, Ms. Ness served for almost a decade as senior lender and then group head in the Communications Industries Division of the American Security Bank, a regional financial institution based in Washington, D.C. During the mid-1970's, Ms. Ness served as Assistant Counsel to the Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing of the U.S. House of Representatives. She later founded and directed the Judicial Appointments Project of the National Women's Political Caucus.

Ms. Ness was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Douglass College (Rutgers University), where she was on the board of directors of the University's radio station. She earned a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1974 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. She is admitted to the practice of law in both the District of Columbia and Maryland, and is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Ms. Ness is married and has two children, ages 9 and 5.